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Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:00

A specially equipped Sikorsky helicopter can be controlled through a handheld tablet, and learning to pilot it can take as little as 45 minutes. 

ESA's Gravity-Mapper Reveals Relics of Ancient Continents Under Antarctic Ice

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:56

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure—giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

IBM Boasts Single-Atom Two-Bit Memory

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:51

This accomplishment will feed research on developing atomic-scale devices for storing digital bits, and the storage of quantum bits in the magnetic spin of atomic nuclei.

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:49

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 14:22

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers with specialized skills.

Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted a permit to Waymo to test fully autonomous cars with no human driver on public roads.

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report.

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.

A Better Way to Predict Election Outcomes

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

Researchers have developed a way to correlate Web browsing patterns with public opinion polls to create more accurate election predictions.

San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

A formerly homeless man has created a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco by teaching needy individuals the skills needed to work in technology firms.

E.T., We're Home

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 10:46

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into something of a planetary porch light—a beacon strong enough to attract attention from as far as 20,000 light years away.

The Impact of Moore’s Law Ending

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 09:33

Chips will cost more to design and manufacture even without pushing to the latest node, but that's not the whole story.

Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 09:24

Libratus team announced as IJCAI Minsky medal recipients.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:40

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4- and 5-gigahertz radio signals.

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way's Black Hole

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:39

For the first time, scientists have spotted something wobbling around the black hole at the core of our galaxy.

Google Says 'Exponential' Growth of AI is Changing Nature of Compute

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:41

Google software engineer Cliff Young explains how the explosion in deep learning algorithms is coinciding with a breakdown in Moore's Law, forcing new computer designs.

Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:51

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies.

The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:51

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:51

Schools in three Oregon counties will use a federal grant to help high school students in Career Technical Education programs transition to post-secondary education and employment.